Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Dance instructor found not guilty in assault
Instructor cleared of 1 count
A Travis County jury on Wednesday acquitted Austin hip-hop instructor
Stacey Aldridge of one count of sexual assault, but Aldridge remains in
jail on three additional sexual assault charges.
The not-guilty verdict came after a trial this week in state District
Judge Mike Lynch's court. One of Aldridge's former students testified
that he sexually assaulted her at his Northwest Austin apartment after a
night out in 2006, defense lawyer David Frank said. The woman was 22 at
Aldridge, 43, was an instructor at the Dance Zone, a school near the
University of Texas. He has also been an instructor for UT's informal
Assistant District Attorney Mark Pryor said prosecutors plan to try
Aldridge in the three remaining cases. Those charges stem from
allegations that Aldridge assaulted one woman at the dance studio where
he worked and assaulted two 17-year-old girls at a club after buying
them drinks, according to court documents.
By Steven Kreytak, American-Statesman staff
Mistrial declared in case of former stripper,
boyfriend accused of murder
By Steven Kreytak
Monday, June 13, 2011
A judge declared a mistrial Monday after a Travis County jury
reported being hopelessly deadlocked on whether a former
stripper and her boyfriend committed murder or aggravated
robbery in the death of a strip club patron last year.
Krause-Patterson, 20, and Jon Tyrell Banks, 23, had
been accused of killing Elmore Allen, 49, after he left the Hot
Bodies Gentlemen's Club, where Krause-Patterson worked.
Defense lawyers argued that Banks struck Allen to protect
Krause-Patterson from an impending sexual assault.
deliberated for three hours Friday and close to eight
hours Monday. The foreman first reported that the panel was
split 7-5 in the early afternoon, and despite state District Judge
Bob Perkins' encouragement that they reach a verdict, the jury
foreman later reported it was hopeless.
"It is our firm belief
that this decision is final and will not
change without a surrender of our conscientious convictions,"
the foreman wrote in a note read by Perkins in court.
Kathryn Scales said prosecutors would further
evaluate the case before deciding whether to proceed to trial
Perkins' decision to declare the mistrial satisfied none of the
dozens of family members of the defendants and Allen waiting
at the courthouse.
One woman seated with the defendants' supporters cried.
Derbie Allen-Roberson, one of Allen's sisters, said: "We pray
for that family; we pray for those two defendants.
"We don't hate them, but Elmore was a loving person," she
[ Defense lawyers David Frank, who represented
Russ Hunt Jr., who represented Krause-Patterson, said the
decision shows weaknesses in the state's case. They said jurors
told them the split was 7-5 in favor of acquittal.]
"The jurors thought they probably were guilty, but the state
didn't present enough to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,"
Allen, who worked as a furniture store deliveryman,
regular at area strip clubs, including Hot Bodies on Burleson
Road in Southeast Austin. He went there early in the afternoon
on April 12, 2009, flashed a pocketful of cash, drank heavily
and received private dances from several strippers, including
Krause-Patterson, who performed under the stage name "Sin,"
according to testimony.
Two dancers told the jury that he was rude and had touched
At some point after midnight, Banks arrived at the club but
left with his brother about 1:45 a.m., according to testimony.
[ Defense lawyers argued that because Banks was not at the
club when Krause-Patterson was done working, she
reluctantly accepted a ride from Allen. Because Krause-Patterson did not want a customer knowing where she lived,
she told him to go to an apartment complex on Bluff Springs
Road where she used to live, and that she called Banks and
told him to meet them there, the defense argued.]
Scales argued that it was a setup and that Banks was waiting at
the apartment complex when Allen and Krause-Patterson
arrived and hit him in the head with a hard object, knocking
him back into some landscaping. She said that after he struck
his head on some stone and died, they took his cash, a ring and
Scales noted that Banks had sent a text message to a friend
about 1 a.m. saying "this bread still here," evidence, she said,
that he was sizing up Elmore for robbery. She also noted
testimony that Banks later gave a gun and a ring to a friend
and that he burned his clothes.
[ Defense lawyers said that Allen began to grope Krause-Patterson on the drive and that Banks punched him to protect
her from what she believed was an impending sexual assault.
They said if the pair had planned to rob Allen, they would
have done it in the desolate area near the strip club and not in
a heavily populated apartment complex.]
"Just because of what she does for a living doesn't mean she
has to put up with these unwanted advances from people,"
Stripper's boyfriend to claim he killed
patron in her defense, lawyer says
couple lured customer from club to rob him
By Steven Kreytak
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Elmore Allen spent his final night alive last year at the Hot Bodies
Gentlemen's Club in Southeast Austin, where he drank, flashed cash and
got table dances from several strippers, including Jessica
Krause-Patterson, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
When Allen, 49, left the club at closing time, he was with
Krause-Patterson. The next morning, he was dead in the parking lot of an
apartment complex where Krause-Patterson, then 19, used to live, said
prosecutor Kathryn Scales.
Scales told a Travis County jury that Allen was killed while being
robbed by Krause-Patterson, 20, and her boyfriend, Jon Tyrell Banks, 23.
They are being tried together on murder and aggravated robbery charges
before senior state District Judge Bob Perkins.
They each face up to life in prison if convicted of either charge.
[ David Frank, who represents Banks, gave the jury a
different version of what happened that night. He said Allen was
intoxicated, had groped Krause-Patterson while giving her a ride home
and that Banks later attacked Allen to save Krause-Patterson from him.
"There is no intent to kill Elmore Allen," Frank said. "His intent was
to save his girlfriend from what is obviously and imminently going to be
a sexual assault." ]
Scales said Hot Bodies is an all-nude strip club off Burleson Road and
that Krause-Patterson would usually get rides to and from the club from
Banks. The night of Allen's death, Banks was there but left 15 minutes
before closing with his brother, she said.
While Krause-Patterson rode in Allen's truck from the club to an
apartment complex on Bluff Springs Road near Interstate 35 and William
Cannon Drive, she and Banks were in constant communication on their
cellphones, Scales said.
Scales did not disclose the content but said those communications made
it clear their intent was "to lure Elmore Allen from Hot Bodies and to
separate him from his money."
She told the jurors that Banks' brother will testify that he drove Banks
to that apartment complex around that time, parked near the front and
waited for a time while Banks walked away before returning with
Allen was found dead later that morning with his pockets turned inside
out and his cellphone, wallet and one of his rings gone, Scales said. He
had a gash near his eye, his head was resting on a stone garden
retaining wall, and he had suffered "a devastating fatal wound to the
back of his head," she said.
Banks later gave a friend a ring taken from Allen and told someone that
he may have killed a man, Scales said.
Krause-Patterson's lawyer, Russ Hunt Jr., reserved his opening statement
for later in the trial.
[ Frank, Banks' lawyer, implored
the jury to wait to hear all of the evidence before reaching a
Frank said Banks and his brother went to the club the
night Allen died but left just before closing to get gas. Finding the
brothers gone when the club closed at 2 a.m., Krause-Patterson accepted
an offer of a ride with Allen, Frank said.
During the drive, Allen turned the radio up so Krause-Patterson could
not make calls on her cellphone and began groping her, Frank said.
"Elmore Allen is breathing heavy on her," Frank said. "He had his hands
on her shoulders, on her breasts. He was feeling her all over."
Frank said Krause-Patterson directed Allen to a friend's apartment
complex because she did not want to tell a customer where she lived.
Frank said that Krause-Patterson asked Allen to let her out during the
drive but that he refused.
When they got to the Colonial Village at Canyon Hills apartments on
Bluff Springs Road, Krause-Patterson got out and tried to walk away, but
Allen followed her and would not let go of her, Frank said.
"She is screaming 'Let go of me,'" Frank said.
He told the jury that soon Banks, who had been alerted by text message
that Krause-Patterson asked to be dropped at that complex, came running
and told Allen, "Get off my girlfriend."
"Elmore Allen, who has a blood alcohol concentration of .09, gets in
front of Jessica and says, 'Oh, no, you don't. I'm the man here," Frank
said. "And J.T. (Banks) stands up and protects his girlfriend against
Elmore Allen and he hits him, and Elmore Allen falls back."]
Strippers: Club patron who was found dead had been lewd, rude
By Steven Kreytak
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The murder trial of a former stripper and her boyfriend who are accused
of robbing and killing a customer last year continued in a Travis County
courtroom today, with the jury hearing from a strip club manager and the
among other witnesses.
Jessica Krause-Patterson, 20, and Jon Tyrell Banks, 23, each are charged
with murder and aggravated robbery in the April 13, 2010, death of
Elmore Allen, 49.
Allen, of Del Valle, worked as a delivery man for a furniture store and
did odd jobs breaking horses, delivering furniture and performing
electrical work, said his wife, Raechelle Smith.
Smith told the jury that she and Allen had a 9-year-old son together and
he had seven children from a previous marriage.
Eleftherios Karamolegkos, owner of Hot Bodies, a gentleman’s club on
Burleson Road in Southeast Austin, told the jury that Allen was a
regular at the club and came in the early afternoon on April 12, 2010.
Karamolegkos said that Krause-Patterson danced at the club starting in
January 2010 and reported to work at 6:58 p.m. on April 12, 2010.
Her stage name was “Sin,” Karamolegkos said.
Lulu Hayward, a
dancer at the club, testified that Allen was “a nice, kind of friendly
guy” who paid her $20 for two table dances that day. She said that after
those dances she did not offer a dance to Allen again.
On cross-examination, defense lawyers Matt Nichols, who represents
Banks, and Russ Hunt Jr., who represents Krause-Patterson, pressed her
about why she did not seek further business with Allen.
“He wanted to get kind of lewd,” she said. “He wanted to touch more.”
Dancer Del’Andra Johnson said that Allen was acting flamboyantly at the
sparsely populated club that day, dancing around in the club in front of
an empty stage, drinking and flashing his money.
“He was rude. He had a lot of money to spend. He was being stingy.
Pinching it off little by little,” said Johnson, who earned about $80
from Allen that night.
On cross-examination, Johnson said that Allen was inappropriately
touching her. Things got so bad, she said, that she reported Allen to
[ During opening statements defense lawyer David Frank told
jurors that after the club closed and Elmore gave Krause-Patterson a
ride, Banks attacked Elmore to protect her from an impending sexual
Prosecutor Katheryn Scales said that Banks attacked Elmore during a
planned robbery set up by him and Krause-Patterson.
found dead at Bluff Springs Road apartment complex where
Krause-Patterson used to live several hours after he left the club. His
head was on some stone landscaping edging and he has suffered trauma to
the back of his head, Scales said.
murder defendant testifies that accused 'were acting happy and normal'
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Testimony: Accused acted ‘happy'
The brother of murder defendant Jon Tyrell Banks testified Thursday that
he drove Banks to an apartment complex on Bluff Springs Road in
Southeast Austin hours before strip club patron Elmore Allen was found
dead there last year.
Ricky Epps said that after he parked at the front of the complex, his
brother walked deeper into the complex before returning about 3½ minutes
later with his girlfriend, Jessica Krause-Patterson.
While they drove home, Banks asked Epps to pull up to a garbage pail so
he could throw out something from Krause-Patterson's bag.
"They were acting happy and normal," Epps testified.
Banks, 23, and Krause-Patterson, 20, are being tried together on
aggravated robbery and murder charges in the death of Allen.
Prosecutors say Krause-Patterson, who worked at Hot Bodies Gentlemen's
Club, lured Allen, a customer, to the apartment complex where Banks was
waiting so the pair could rob Allen, who was found dead there the next
[ David Frank, one of Banks' lawyers, told the jury during
opening statements that Banks punched Allen to defend Krause-Patterson
from Allen's aggressive behavior after Allen agreed to give
Krause-Patterson a ride home. Frank said that Banks did not intend to
kill Allen. ]
Jury deliberating in murder case
Friday, June 10, 2011
A Travis County jury was deliberating late Friday in the murder trial of
an Austin stripper and her boyfriend, who are accused of killing one of
her customers during a robbery last year.
During closing arguments Friday, prosecutors said Jessica
Krause-Patterson, 20, and Jon Tyrell Banks, 23, took cash, a ring and a
cellphone from Elmore Allen, 49, after Krause-Patterson lured him from
Hot Bodies Gentlemen's Club on Burleson Road, where she worked.
On April 13, 2009, Allen was hit in the face with a blunt object and hit
the back of his head on a rock at an apartment complex where
Krause-Patterson lived at the time.
Defense lawyers argued that Allen had groped Krause-Patterson after
her a ride home and that when Banks found them at the apartment complex
he punched Elmore to protect her from an impending sexual assault.
Both could face life in prison if convicted.